Ultimate List Of 44 High-Protein, Low-Carb Foods

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22. Chia Seeds

We love chia pudding, but we also love adding chia to jams & jellies, smoothies, and overnight oats. They have 5 grams of carbs and 2 grams of protein in each tablespoon.

23. Hemp Seeds

These make a great addition to smoothies and oatmeal dishes. Each serving has 11 grams of protein and only 2 grams of carbs.

24. Raw Chocolate

Raw chocolate – also called cacao nibs – is unprocessed, so there’s no dairy or added sugars. It has 4 grams of protein and 9 carbs (all from dietary fiber) per serving.

25. Quinoa

Quinoa has become a popular rice or pasta replacement because it’s gluten-free. It’s also a complete protein, so although it only has 4.4 grams compared to 21 grams of carbs, you’ll get all your essential amino acids. Double up on protein with this zesty Mediterranean Cucumber Quinoa Salad with Ground Turkey.

26. Steel-Cut Oats

Trade in your instant oatmeal for steel-cut oats. Each serving has 27 grams of slow-digesting carbs (to keep you fuller for longer) and 5 grams of protein.

27. Beef Jerky

If you’re looking for a high-protein snack, this is the favorite of hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. Look for low-sugar or no-sugar-added varieties and you can keep the carbs to 6 grams as compared to 11 grams of protein per serving.

28. Lean Roast Beef

Roast beef make a perfect rolled snack, or an ideal sandwich meat. It has no carbohydrates – that means zero carbs – as compared to a whopping 9 grams of protein. Got leftovers? This Roast Beef with Seared Pineapple is a great way to make leftovers feel like a brand new meal.

29. Beef in General

Red meat like beef is free from carbs and full of protein. There are leaner cuts available, so don’t think you have to opt for the fatty ribeye. Depending on the cut, you’ll find anywhere from 29-36 ounces of protein per four-ounce portion. Spice things up with this Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Beef recipe.

30. Lamb

Lamb is considered a red meat, so steer clear if you’re trying to avoid them for heart-health reasons. When it comes to protein and carbs, though, you’ll get zero carbs and 27.5 grams of protein for every four-ounce serving. If you’ve never tried lamb before, this Open Faced Mediterranean Lamb Burger is a great place to start.

31. Pork

Pork is delicious and carb-free! Opt for the leaner cuts (like pork chops and tenderloins) if you’re avoiding fatty foods. Each serving gives you about 22 grams of protein. Simple recipes like these Grilled Pork Chops with Asparagus and Pesto make for a flavorful, protein-packed meal.

32. Deli Turkey

Load up on deli turkey meats if you want a quick and easy snack. Each two-ounce serving will provide 11 grams of protein and only 2 grams of carbohydrates.

33. Ground Turkey

This inexpensive beef alternative is great for chilies and burgers. Each serving is carb-free and adds 22 grams of protein to your day.

34. Chicken

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Mexican Quinoa

Opt for chicken breasts if you also want to keep the fats to a minimum. Thighs may be juicier, but they also contain more fat. Each chicken breast has 31 grams of protein and zero carbs.


2 Comments on "Ultimate List Of 44 High-Protein, Low-Carb Foods"

  1. Tim Morris  May 2, 2019

    What about the heavy load of sodium in some of these? Best to avoid.


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